A village and a mandal, Karapa is located in the east Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. Karapa is closest to Kakinada (10 km) and Rajahmundry (42 km). Karapa is the main town of the eponymous mandal and has 23 Panchayats under its jurisdiction. Karapa has a population of 7000 and with Hindus being the majority. Karapa mandal is a progressively developing section of Andhra Pradesh.
Places to Stay
Although there no hotels in Karapa, there are a few budget hotels in East Godavari district. These are GVS Residency (Tariff–Rs. 501), Suryanarayana Murthy Hotel (Tariff–Rs. 501), and Gayatri Inn (Tariff–Rs. 1000).
The official language of Karapa is Telugu. No other languages are spoken here.
The important festivals in Kapara are Subramanyeswara Swamy Shashti during Margasira Shuddha Shashti Day and the Vinayaka Chaviti which falls on Bhadra Pada Sudda Chaviti.
Places of Interest
The Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary- a part of the river Godavari’s estuary is 15 km away. Konaseema and other scenic locations of the river’s delta are 40 km away. Samalkot Shiva Temple (27 km) is one of the five Pancharama Kshetras and a national heritage site.
How to Get There
The nearest domestic airport to Bikkavolu is in Madhurapudi (42 km). The nearest international airport is in Hyderabad (487 km).
Karapa is well connected to Kakinada Railway Station which has frequent trains from Hyderabad, Vishakhapatnam, Vijaywada, and Guntur halting here.
There are daily bus services to Hyderabad and other places in Andhra Pradesh. The best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Kaveri Kamakshi Travels and Orange Tours and Travels. It is easy to get online bus tickets due to the increase in the number of travel websites.